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Mohammed Ali  used to boast that when boxing,  he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So it is with Germiane Greer. She writes lightly, gracefully even when agitating for a cause. But the words still sting. And unsettle. Here she consciously creates a quasi-religious epic out of a part of her remarkable life when she decided to restore a small, wrecked rainforest in Australia, her homeland. The tone is apocalyptic, themes existential and critical: (wo)man not against, but ardently for wondrous, pitiless and predatory nature. She, the Lionheart, is awed, meets devastation, fears cataclysms, intuits prophecies, bears historical and biological guilt,  seeks redemption and takes stupendous, fervent  action. It really is some story.

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Struggles in the sisterhood?

Spare Rib: Whatever happened to sisterhood?

Younger women will be denied knowledge of what Spare Rib stood for

Women need to embrace inequality, not fight it

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Paperback review: The Daylight Gate, By Jeanette Winterson

Winterson's novella reconstructs the pursuit of the "Pendle witches" in 1612.

Andy McSmith's Diary: The wages of spin are … unreliable, so pitch for the next job

In this country, you can be forgiven if the name John McTernan rings no bells.

Matt Smith, the current Dr. Who

So some feminists are calling for a female Dr Who - but isn't that missing the point entirely?

There are already several great female characters in Dr Who. What's truly special about the long-running programme is what an unusual role model it offers for boys

Eight-year-old Travis Hong (C) plays

Video games 'can make children more morally aware'

New study shows how games can teach children to analyse their moral choices in life and consider the consequences

Trial of Femen protesters begins in Tunisia

The trial of three European feminists charged with public indecency after demonstrating topless in front of Tunisia’s Palace of Justice began in Tunis today.

Tory MP's wife denies groping housekeeper

Employment tribunal told that sexual moves were attempt to persuade her to join a threesome

Sport on TV: Even the Queen is saddled with ubiquitous Clare Balding

She's an asset to the nation: happy and glorious, long to reign over us, God save Clare Balding. Turn on any TV channel and the odds are you will see her mischievous eyes beneath that Diana mop. The bookies should call off all bets, for she can wear the silks of whichever stable wants her and she makes changing horses in mid-sentence seem easy.

Postcard from... Brussels

Last Night's Viewing: Up the Women, BBC4
Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches, Sky Arts 1

There was an unnerving moment in the first episode of Up the Women when it looked as if Jessica Hynes might have contracted a bad case of Eltonitis, an inflammation of the funny bone that can render even the most talented writers temporarily witless.

On the street: A sex worker waits for clients in Mexico City

The new suffragettes: Lydia Cacho - justice for women means the right to live in safety

A leading defender of women’s rights in Mexico, who has been kidnapped, raped and beaten in retaliation for her work, tells Paul Imison why protection from abuse is at the heart of equality

Victory for Everyday Sexism Project: Facebook bows to campaign over sexist 'hate speech' posts

Facebook has agreed to review its community standards around hate speech following a campaign led by the Everyday Sexism project

Emily Davison (1872 - 1913) is fatally injured as she tries to stop the King's horse 'Amner' on Derby Day, to draw attention to the Women's Suffragette movement

How Emily Davison and the suffragettes targeted sport to bring attention to their cause

The Derby was not the only sporting venue used to make their voices heard - golf courses, football grounds and Wimbledon were all targeted

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Homeless people keep mobile phones

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